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China to Tighten Food Safety Regulations

29 April 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

CHINA - Improving national food safety standards will be a major task for the Chinese government authorities this year according to a notice from the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

Analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia said that as part of its efforts, the government will reportedly conduct inspections and overhaul major food safety hazards through the supply chain - from planting, breeding and slaughtering to product distribution through to end-users, including the catering sector.

The key tasks indicated in the notice also include the improvement of food-related standards, laws and regulations.

It has also been reported that strong demand for imported beef from China in recent months has partly been triggered by concerns over the food safety among Chinese consumers.

MLA said that it is said that consumers tend to prefer imported meat, if they can afford it, because of their lingering food safety concerns.

Australian beef exports to China for the first quarter of 2013 reached 28,624 tonnes, accounting for 13 per cent of total Australian exports during the quarter MLA said.

Coinciding with the huge shipments, export values to China during the first two months of 2013 also jumped 702% year-on-year, to A$ 65 million.

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